As of yet there is no way to prevent the sebaceous glands from secreting excess oil onto the skin just by using skincare (trust us as soon as there is we will let you know), but you can easily and quickly remove, restrict and decrease the effects of the build-up of natural oil on the skin in less than 5 minutes, bringing back a non-greasy more glowy look and feel to your body and face with a great quality skincare routine.
The trick is just to create an oily skincare routine that incorporates all the right ingredients and products that can remove and replace the natural oils on the skin. It may sound like a hard thing to do but with our help it’s really as easy as following 5 little steps each and every day…
Amazing Oily Skincare Recommendations
Your Cleanser: Try throwing out your heavier cream or lotion cleansers for gentler lighter weight products such as micellar waters or thin cleansing milks. We offer some great and easy choices above. Remember skin often reacts to counter the damage you’ve done to cleanse it, so if you’re scrubbing at your face with harsh irritating chemicals in an attempt to rid it of oil be prepared for the glands on the skin to react by quickly producing more sebum to replace it. The key to cleansing is to be gentle to your skin. Gently cleanse the makeup and oil from your face both in the morning and at night (remember don’t over clean your skin) and focus on using products with calm non-irritating ingredients to keep the skins counteraction at a minimum.
Your Toner: Now we all know if you suffer from oily skin you can seriously become addicted to the dry, matt feel a bottle of toner on your face can give you and by all means using a toner is an important part of ridding oil from the skins surface. But please let us warn you, your toner is one of those products that, depending on its ingredients and the way you use it can either be a gift from the goddess of beauty or a curse from irritated skin hell.
As a toner can truly make or break the quality of your skin we will be dedicating a whole article to telling you how to get it right (Coming Soon) but for right now here’s the basics of what you NEED in terms of ingredients and application:
An alcohol free, non-irritating toner that's packed full of soothing, cell communicating ingredients is key to tone any type of skin but in particular using a product that contains no irritating ingredients is essential for treating oily skin. It’s simple. If a chemical irritates the skin, in reaction the sebaceous glands release copious amounts of oil to try and coat the face or body to protect it from the harmful intrusion. In addition if your toner contains ingredients that quickly dry out the skin such as alcohol, the sebaceous glands again release more sebum to counteract the dryness by increasing oil production on the skin. In short toning the face correctly is about using a gentle non irritating solution and applying it in a very gentle non irritating way. We know it’s hard to be gentle when all you want to do is scrub the oil away but trust us like most things, your skin reacts better to a gentle touch than an iron glove.
I researched a few gorgeous and super gentle toners for your to try below. And remember to always apply toner sparingly and very lightly onto the skin in order to get the best results over time.
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Your Exfoliator: Once again its chemical exfoliators to the rescue and we could not sing its praises enough when it comes to treating oil. The sticky, binding texture of sebum tends to prevent the usual sloughing off of dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin causing a build-up of unmoving oil slicked old cells to lay on the face or body of those with oily skin. BHA’s and AHA’s such as salicylic and glycolic acid (and many more) work to breakdown the dead skin cells and oil from the top layers and inside the pores promoting normal sloughing of the oily skin to reveal the matter newer skin cells beneath. Chemical exfoliation with these ingredients in particular salicylic acid also works to prevent oil clogging the pores of the skin decreasing the common issues that may accumulate later with untreated oily skin such as blackheads, wide pores and whiteheads.
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Your Moisturiser: We know what you’re thinking… probably because to understand how counterintuitive it may seem but yes a great moisturiser will help you take care of your oily skin. Even though you may suffer from oily breakouts you should never dismiss the fact that your skin, especially under an oily skincare routine, always needs to remain hydrated, defended and UV protected from the harsh environment you live in whether a city girl or all you ladies out there in the towns or countryside. No matter where you are or what skin type you have I would be doing you all a major disservice if I couldn’t find you a great moisturizer for day and for night. So I've found you some beauties to try right here...
The key to finding a great moisturizer for oily skin is to look for products that contain non greasy emollients that don’t have a tendency to clog pores e.g. dimethicone and hyaluronic acid. Put away the heavy products laced with ingredients such as petroleum or mineral oil which are commonly used in moisturisers. Ingredients like dimethicone are more commonly used in oil free moisturisers as emollients (ingredients that trap water on the skin). There super beneficial for oily skin because they don’t have a tendency to clog pores or look oily in appearance. An easy way to substitute your old moisturizer for a non-greasy update is to try one of the great quality oil free, skin healthy moisturisers we've recommended above or you can find a wealth of alternatives online or in your local beauty stores. Whichever product you decide, know a great moisturiser can do miracles for the look and feel of your skin so chuck a great one into your skincare routine, use it consistently (as we always advice) and watch it get to work.
- Oil blotting papers are a great addition to your handbag. If you suffer from oily skin just throw a packet of these in your purse and your good to go. Oil blotting pads are a great way to remove excess oil from your face throughout the day when there’s no chance you’ve got time or the inclination to cleanse, tone, moisturise and reapply your makeup in the toilets or your office cubicle. These little beauties will help to keep the oily appearance of your skin at bay until your bedtime skincare routine in a discrete way and for this we recommend every girl with oily skin have them locked in and ready to go whenever their stepping out their front door.
The trick to keeping oily skin at bay is simple if you know how to easily tackle the problem and are prepared to make some easy changes in order to return the balance to your skin. Remember oily skin is just caused by skin glands releasing excess natural oil, research has shown that this is generally due to a high release of specific hormones in the body for those with a genetic tendency or natural increases during certain times of the month. As of yet no skincare product can actually prevent these hormonal increases but many can help to remove, reduce and replace the natural oil on your skin. If you are only mildly suffering from excessive oil production in certain areas then just incorporating a few of these changes to your routine may help you achieve smooth, non-greasy glowing skin however if you're prone to suffering from severely oily skin you may want to consider switching up your whole skincare routine to tailor it for your exact oily skin needs in order to help drastically improve the look and feel of your skin.